Serious Community 2.0 Prevent Flooding
Start date: Jan 1, 2012,
In the past 20 years, 953 disasters killed nearly 88,671 people in Europe, affected more than 29 million others and caused a total of 269 US$ billion economic losses. The EU Flood Risk Directive (FRD) 2007/60/EC developed by the European Commission and entered into force on 26 November 2007 and to be actively implemented before 22 December 2021. There is a significant need for raising the awareness and building the capacity of water professionals (Group A) in different water sectors cross Europe. There is also a need for qualified graduates (Group B) to implement the EU FRD. The main aim of this project is to prepare and build the capacity of both groups in flood risk management through identifying synergies, sharing knowledge, and strengthen partnerships between universities and different stakeholders (mainly water professionals). The specific objectives are to develop; a) Development of a dynamic and active tool that allows all target-groups/users to assess their knowledge about flood risk management. b) Development of an innovative, active and problem-based learning methodology for flood risk education and training. c) Development of flood related Vocational Education & Training (VET) modules for water professionals (involving the students to gain practical experience). This will include some modules for undergraduate students on flood risk management and protection with main focus on the EU FRD and other water directives (e.g. EU WFD). The project is divided to eight work packages to be carried out in 24 months. The first four are devoted to achieve the four project objectives. In addition, a dissemination, sustainability, quality control and management work packages will be implemented. The consortium includes 5 partners (3 Universities, 1 SME, and an association). The project will have a wide impact on water sector across Europe. It will bring together many EU universities and professional entities to learn, plan, and manage flood risk for better European future.
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